Japanese Children’s Songs

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I gathered a collection of cute Japanese kid’s videos for classic songs such as: Old McDonald Had a Farm, The wheels on the bus, Humpty Dumpty, I’m A Little Teapot, If You’re Happy and You know it, Mary had a little lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”

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This is what I gather the lyrics to this Japanese version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is:
kirakira hikaru = Glitter Shine
osora no hoshi yo = The star of the sky
mabataki shite wa = Blink
minna wo miteru = Everyone watching/ For everyone to see?
kirakira hikaru = Glitter Shine
osora no hoshi yo = The star of the sky

And there were a few different versions of 5 little Monkeys in Japanese, so I gathered them all into a playlist…

Five child monkey/frog/puppies/little pigs/babies/haunted are jumping
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless

Bouncing four offspring monkey/puppies/little pigs/babies/ghost / Four of frog jumping
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless

And 3 pups monkey/puppies/little pigs/ghost are jumping / Bouncing three frogs/babies
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless

And 2 pups monkey/puppies/ghost are jumping / And of two animals frog/piglet jumping / Bouncing 2 babies
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless / Everyone soon sleeping Take me!

And one animal of child monkey/frog/puppy/little pig/ghost is jumping / And jumping up and down one of the baby
I fell in head Ouch ~
Call Mom, the doctor
Everyone go to bed early I / Everyone soon sleeping Take me!

I also found so many different Japanese alphabet songs that I complied them into a play list. There are purely hiragana songs and one purely katakana song and a few combination (kana) songs. Some are really cute – like the one sung by a little girl, and some have cute visual effects, and some are just catchy like the song that starts out sounding like “Ice, Ice, Baby”

And lastly some basic vocabulary songs and lessons.
First I have made a collection of cartoon song videos with greetings and expressions and such, “left, right, forwards, backwards, sit down, and stand up”, colors, days of the week, weather, “Who, What, When Where and Why”, Counting the days of the month, counting people (Samaria) in Japanese, numbers and general counting…

Here is what I believe the days of the week song’s lyrics are:
Here are what I believe the song to be saying:
Monday Smiling. Kindness Moon
Tuesday Your Honor cockatoo? Burning fire
Wednesday Full bath. Because You’re water.
Thursday Big tree. Read a book under
Friday The money. I have been shopping?
Saturday On the ground. Walk barefoot.
Sunday Laid back. Feel warm. Basking in the sun.

The lyrics for the Japanese greeting and expressions song go something like this:
Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening
I’m leaving / You’re leaving / I’m back / Welcome back
Dig in / I’m done eating / ? / Thank you
Goodbye / Goodnight / ? / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening / ?
Hello for the first time / Nice to meet you / ? / Goodbye / Goodnight / ? / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening

Secondly, I found a series of basic Japanese lessons reviewing topics such as family members, body parts, animal sounds, clothes, relationships, kitchen tools, home appliances, natural disasters, flowers, sushi (fish), the four compass directions, nationalities, countries, rinks, people, occupations, shapes, time, school supplies, seasons, weather, colors, fruits, vegetables, transportation, things found at the ocean, things found at the forest, vocabulary associated with going to school, zoo, things found in a room, adjectives, types of bread, physical ailments and symptoms, items associated with computers, bookstore vocabulary, post office vocabulary, meals, classrooms, water, driving, The days of the month, days of the week, and months of the year.

Finally, I found a 30 minute video that would be a children’s show to watch with a song about colors, then a song about shapes, then a conversation about counting and numbers, then reviewing the English alphabet in Japanese, then Old McDonald, then a review of the functions of certain vehicles, then review of some basic animals, then a review of basic fruit, then a review of some basic vegetables, then review of shapes, then review of colors, then a review of numbers, then a different review of vehicles.

That is it! I am satisfied with my compilations of classic English nursery rhyme songs in Japanese which progressed to basic vocabulary songs and lessons for children. Please enjoy and learn lots!

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Top 10 Japanese Words to Learn

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Anybody who plans to go to Japan ought to possess a nodding acquaintance using the vocabulary to be able to communicate the locals a bit more bearably. It was discovered out that 75% vacationers who frequent Japan have no understanding of Japanese at all. And if you believe it or not, even the easy words that are utilized daily by the locals. These guests frequently discover it difficult to interact with the native Japanese people, particularly when they are lost or if they want some thing done for them.

These are in my opinion the top 10 Japanese words (categories more so) that can help you while you’re in Japan.

1. Yes and No

These are no brainers when you get down to, you should at least know these words right?

The word for ‘Yes’ is ‘hai‘ (sounds similar to the word ‘high’ but a more pronounced and strong ended)

The word for ‘No’ is ‘iie‘ (which pronounced is ‘E..A’ basically)

It’s better to always answer in a specifics then hand gestures or nodding in Japan.

2. Greetings in Japanese

Japan is a very polite place and it’s known for it’s greetings. Knowing these simple greetings through out the day is a great start to speaking simple Japanese.

• “Ohayou Gozaimasu” is used before about 10:30 am in the morning

• “Kon-nichiwa” — is used after 10:30 am for good afternoon

• “Konbanwa” — is used for Good Evening

• “Oyasuminasai” — this is used for when you or someone is leaving late at night, or going to sleep. For family you can simply say ‘Oyasumi

3. Is it Arigato or Arigato Gozaimasu?

Arigatou” is brief for thank you. The total type is “Arigatou Gozaimasu“. A few of the locals make use of the slang “domo” once they are inside a hurry.

Arigatou (Ah-ri-ga-tou) (R’s are pronounced like an R and L put together) is thank you. But there is a way to make it more polite and by doing so you just have to add ‘Gozaimasu‘ (Go-Zai-Mas). You can also use ‘domo‘ but it’s mostly for in a hurry or for family.

4.Oh Excuse me, “Sumimasen”

If you happen to bump into someone slightly on a train or while walking about you would the word ‘Sumimasen‘ (Sue-Me-Mas-Sen). You can also use this word to get someones attention, which you could then use to ask a question. You would ‘gomenasai‘ if you ran into someone really hard or hurt someone, or did something a bit more abrasive then what you would ‘sumimasen‘ for.

5. Asking for certain things in Japan

Here is a list of commonly asked question statements you can use while traveling in Japan.

• ‘Korewa nan desuka?‘ — asking what a particular object is

• ‘Wa doko desuka?‘ — asking for path or direction

• ‘Nanji desuka?‘ — asking for the present time

• ‘Ikura desuka‘ — just how much will be the item/service? (monetary)

6. Time to say goodbye – “Sayonara”

This is the most ‘Goodbye’ word in Japanese, there are many other words that indicate a fair-well, but ‘Sayonara‘ (saw-yo-na-ra) (remember the r+l pronounciation) is for if you are leaving for a long while (mostly).

You can use ‘jane‘ (Jah-Nay) for friends and for short goodbyes if you will. If you are saying goodbye to a teacher or boss you would use ‘Dewa Mata‘ (Day-Wah Ma-Ta).

7. “Tasukete” — ‘Help’

This word is another way to ask for assistance or to make it simple it’s the word for ‘Help’, similar to ‘Sumimasen’, but it’s mostly used to request for assistance with something in particular you in the present time need assistance with. ‘Tasukete‘ (Tah-Su-Kay-Tay)

8. Pretty Please with Sugar on Top! … okay just please…

There are a few ways you can say please in Japan. One way is by saying ‘Dozo‘ (Doe-Zoh), which is mostly used to request an action from someone, like. Come inside, please drink, please eat.

You can also use ‘Zehi‘ (Zeh-He) to express hope and request. (this is a little advanced, just ‘know it’ for now)

But when in doubt use ‘Onegai shimasu‘ (Oh-nay-guy shi-mas) for please when asking for something.

9. “Wakarimasen”

When beginning to speak Japanese you will be slow to hear words and to speak them, you can say “Wakarimasen” when being talked to and you don’t understand what they are saying. It means basically ‘I don’t know/I don’t understand). (Wa-Ka-ri-Mas-Sen).

10. Bathroom

To avoid leaving a mess in your pants, the best way to ask for a bathroom in Japan is to say “Toire wa doko desuka?

To-e-ray wa do-ko des-ka

Toire‘ is toilet
Wa‘ is a particle for is in this case
Doko‘ is where
and ‘desu‘ indicates that the ‘wa‘ is used as an ‘is’
and ‘ka‘ is a statement of a question.

Toilet where is?


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